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FirstLight Home Care Celebrates a True Caregiver at Heart

Franchisees, team members honor Caregiver of the Year during national conference

National Caregiver of the Year, Kitti Tikander, and Carol Larkin

CINCINNATI, OHIO – October 17, 2023 – FirstLight Home Care, a leading provider of home care services, is pleased to honor Marketa “Kitti” Tikander of Southern Maine as its National Caregiver of the Year. Tikander was nominated for the award by Jessie Gartland, Managing Director of FirstLight Home Care of Southern Maine.

“Kitti is compassionate, honest, genuine and kind,” said Gartland. “She has been part of our amazing FirstLight family for over eight years and wholeheartedly embraces each client and family she cares for. Kitti never fails to see the light in everyone. She is a true caregiver at heart.”

More than 50 Caregiver of the Year nominations were received from FirstLight Home Care offices nationwide. Candidates were evaluated on several attributes, including service excellence, quality of caregiving skills, and the ability to bring the FirstLight Home Care culture to life.

Tikander was one of three finalists this year. The FirstLight Home Care network of franchise owners, operators and team members recently celebrated with her during the company’s annual conference in Orlando, FL.

FirstLight Home Care delivers companion and personal care services to seniors, veterans, people recovering from illness, injury and surgery, and those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Professional caregivers help adults in need of assistance with personal care and household duties such as cooking, cleaning and running errands while providing support and peace of mind.

FirstLight Home Care of Southern Main owners Peter Gartland and Carol Larkin and their dedicated, caring team have provided in-home care to adults in their community for over a decade. For more information, visit

About FirstLight Home Care

FirstLight Home Care, a leading provider of home care services, is a lifeline for seniors, veterans, adults living with dementia, and anyone 18 and older who needs care where they call home. FirstLight exists to help people have their best day, every day. The company’s mission is to provide compassionate home care so that all families served have peace of mind knowing their loved ones receive the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve. FirstLight’s network of professional caregivers is passionate about creating meaningful relationships and making a difference in the lives of others. The franchise system includes nearly 200 independently owned and operated home care locations throughout the United States. To learn more, or to find a local office, visit


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